Miami To Offer Addicts Rehab Instead Of Jail

Officials in Miami are hoping to steer opioid addicts into rehabilitation as opposed to jail.

A plan announced Monday will offer addicts an opportunity to go into treatment. 

The Miami Herald reports Miami police will use $1.6 million in federal grants to develop a pre-arrest diversion program.

Individuals with small amounts of opioids in their possession or their system would be able to enter a one-year outpatient treatment program instead of serving jail time. 

Miami Police are working with Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, the South Florida Behavioral Health Network, the University of Miami Health system and other agencies to develop the program.

The plan includes anti-addiction medication, social services, mental health counseling and general medical care.

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